zed92 and all others,
I'm a 22yo senior in college. I'm also going to dental school next year; however, I am much more positive about
College is great but it is difficult with IBD because of your limited ability to do things... Going to class: yes, i have had to book it out to the bathroom in the middle of stressful (and TIMED) orgo and genetics exams. Going out to eat with friends? I am constantly googling menus ahead of time to find something suitable to eat (and I have also now because the annoying - Can I get "this" without "this" but add "that" please? HAHA, and i'm not usually picky about
anything.) I'd say the toughest thing is that I am in the EPICENTER of an ongoing partying atmosphere. And while I do go out and drink very rarely, I honestly CANNOT keep up with it 4 days a week like my friends/roommates/classmates. Heck, I have a heck of a time keeping up with once a week sometimes... it messes up the whole system! Thankfully, there are some fun social situations where people don't care if you choose not to drink.. but in the college culture of constant drinking games and binge drinking, its often really hard. (and this is TOTALLY school-dependent, also. I know that next year people will be much more keen to just socially drink or go to a show instead of the straight "BINGEBINGEBINGE" mindset.)
All in all, it makes you realize who your friends are! It makes you find alternative ways to have fun.. which can be great! And... it also helps me to study a lot more, too!! Which is great; that is what we are here for!
Good luck, there's others out there struggling with the same thing, even if you cannot see them!! You will still have a GREAT and enjoyable college experience, despite IBD. Don't let anything stand in your way! (Also, if you contact your school, Im sure they have a special meals program that they can make you specific things. Its YOUR money... may as well fight to get what you want/need. haha, i did it for a semester. yeah, it was sort of awkward... getting "special" meals... but with the growing amount of ppl with a bajillion food allergies these days its nbd.) id get off the meal plan with a kitchen, asap though. choosing your own food=wayyyy helpful.